It was a Champions League comeback for the ages. Liverpool entered the day down 3-0 to Barcelona after their lopsided first leg match six days ago. No team has ever come back from such a deficit in a Champions’ League semifinals.
Liverpool also had the unfortunate luck of having to do it against Messi and Suarez. And without two of their best players: Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. A return trip to the Champions’ League Finals looked improbable. And to make matters worse for the Reds, Manchester City pushed the EPL title a little further out of Liverpool’s grasp with a win Monday night.
But Jurgen Klopp’s boys made sure that when the day was done they’d be in control of their own destiny for at least one title this season.
Liverpool does the unthinkable
In the first leg, Messi scored twice. Not to be outdone, Liverpool would see two players score two goals in the second leg. Origi’s goal in the opening minutes put the Reds up 1-0 and ensured the already fired-up Anfield crowd wouldn’t calm down any time soon.
Liverpool came out with confidence while Barcelona sat back, seemingly content to let the game come to them. At half-time Robertson would come off and be replaced with Wijnaldum, who would score twice less than three minutes apart in the 54’ and 56’ to tie it up.
The match was looking like it was going to extra time until a sly bit of trickery from Trent Alexander-Arnold, playing the ball in off a quick corner to Origi in the 79’, gave Liverpool a lead it would not relinquish.
The Champions’ League final is set for June 1.
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